2. Weird names

Qantas, the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100602011430" title="Melbourne (Australia)" href="/topic/international/australia/melbourne-%28australia%29-PLGEO100100602011430.topic">Australian</a> airline, is a former acronym for Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service. That name is strange, but others may be stranger. Airline pilot Patrick Smith, who writes a column for salon.com, suggested that two of the worst airline names ever were <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000025" title="Russia" href="/topic/international/russia-PLGEO00000025.topic">Russia's</a> Kras Air ("always just an H away from infamy," wrote Smith) and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000147" title="Taiwan" href="/topic/international/taiwan-PLGEO00000147.topic">Taiwan's</a> U-Land Airlines ("That's right. U-buy, U-fly and U-Land it yourself.").<br>
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<i>(Above: Qantas planes sits at a gate at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.)</i>

( AFP/Getty Images file photo / December 14, 2006 )

Qantas, the Australian airline, is a former acronym for Queensland and Northern Territories Air Service. That name is strange, but others may be stranger. Airline pilot Patrick Smith, who writes a column for salon.com, suggested that two of the worst airline names ever were Russia's Kras Air ("always just an H away from infamy," wrote Smith) and Taiwan's U-Land Airlines ("That's right. U-buy, U-fly and U-Land it yourself.").

(Above: Qantas planes sits at a gate at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.)

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